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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his US counterpart discuss bilateral issues and Afghanistan

The two leaders further agreed to strengthen the partnerships between the two countries.
 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his US counterpart discuss bilateral issues and Afghanistan-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 20, 2021, 6:24 PM IST
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New Delhi: Just days ahead of QUAD Leaders’ Summit, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with his counterpart from the US Llyod Austin and discussed a range of bilateral issues and the ongoing situation in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

The two leaders further agreed to strengthen the partnerships between the two countries.

In a tweet, Singh said, “Had a warm telephone conversation with @SecDef Mr Lloyd Austin. We discussed issues pertaining to bilateral defence cooperation and regional matters including situation in Afghanistan.”

“We agreed to continue the useful dialogue and look forward to strengthening the partnership further,” the minister said. 

US President Joe Biden will host a first in-person summit of leaders of the "Quad" countries that include India, Japan, Australia, and the US on September 24.

It was their first conversation after the Taliban seized the country on August 15. 

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Last week, Singh has invited the US defence firms to invest in India while asserting that there is a lot of scope for the American and Indian defence equipment manufacturers  for co-production and co-development.

Speaking during inaugural address at the 18th India-US Economic Summit, on the theme ‘Bouncing Back – Resilient Recovery Path Post Covid-19’, the minister had stated the initiatives taken by the Government have transformed India into a strong and reliable investment destination.

He said, India is now home to stable and secure government which focuses on economic growth through series of reforms. 

He had also called upon the industry leaders to focus on transfer of technology through joint ventures to realise the country’s true potential in defence sector.

On increased ties between two largest democracies, Singh said the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, 2+2 Dialogue, Quad Security Dialogue and agreements like Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) and Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) have taken the bilateral relations to greater heights.

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